Caregivers, our schools, and our community are responsible for caring for the health and welfare of our youth. The Health & Safety Committee addresses health and safety issues related to the students and families. The activities of the Health & Safety Committee are designed to educate and inform caregivers about the health needs of children and how best to meet those needs. The Health & Safety Committee works to see that programs are available to meet the needs of our members.
Committee works closely with School Administrators, District Health & Safety Teams, the Budget & Legislation Committee and other community organizations, such as the Garden City Community Coalition. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.
Does your family participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project at Halloween? If you're not familiar with this national program, you should be! According to the non-profit organization, "the Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the one in 13 children living with food allergies, and many others impacted by intolerances and other conditions. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep signals that, in addition to candy, you offer non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for all trick or treaters. Help us make this Halloween one to remember!"
We encourage all Garden City families to consider participating in this wonderful program, and make Halloween an inclusive, fun event for everyone in town! Check out the resources below to get involved
May is Bike Safety month, and we're encouraging everyone to brush up on their bike safety knowledge and skills throughout the month! Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Don't forget to check out these great bike safety online resources!
Hosted by the National PTA, Safer Internet Day will take place on February 7, 2023. It serves as "an international education and awareness-raising effort, celebrated in over 100 countries. Led by ConnectSafely in the United States, it’s a day to bring communities together to discuss challenges families face navigating the digital world, and empowers them to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.” Visit this link to check out the PTA’s internet safety resources, including a Virtual Learning Session happening on Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm: No Room for Doom: Helping Your Family Thrive in Our Digital Age.
This Fall the Health and Safety Committee has dedicated its efforts to educating our children about fire safety. Our primary schools all attended a visit from the Garden City Fire Department and enjoyed a teacher led read aloud of the book “Plan and Prepare (Fire Safety)” generously donated by the PTA. The GCFD will also be presenting to our elementary school students. Below please find additional resources that you can use at home:
Sparky the Fire Dog’s website provides a variety of wonderful resources to help your child and family stay safe in the event of a fire. Visit https://www.sparky.org/ for educational and fun activities, videos and family fire safety planning tools.
Visit https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan for templates and tools to help your family create and discuss their emergency evacuation plan.
DON'T PASS THE FLASH
The Garden City PTA has been working on a campaign to educate Village residents about NYS traffic laws regarding stopped school buses. District-wide, parents have witnessed an increasing number of motorists passing stopped school buses in the morning and at dismissal, which presents a grave hazard to school children boarding and exiting the buses. In response, we have produced an online quiz and a one-page bus safety flyer with informational graphics, which clarifies the law and explains the consequences for not stopping.
We encourage you to take the quiz and see how well you know the law!
Support this campaign with our "Don't Pass the Flash" car magnet. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a car magnet and raise awareness!
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